Bangladesh mourns victims of garment factory fire

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 14:10 hrs

Bangladesh on Tuesday mourned the death of 112 workers who were killed in a devastating garment factory fire, even as the police launched a manhunt for the owners of the enterprise.

The dead were laid to rest in a mass burial. The country's flag flew at half-mast at most of the government buildings as 6,500 readymade garment units across the nation kept their operations shut.

Meanwhile, thousands of garment workers took part in protests for the second day on Tuesday, alleging that the factory 'Tazreen Fashion' was a "death trap".

The factory was manufacturing garments for international brand names like Wal-Mart, Carrefour, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap.

Some of these groups have said they were stopping supplies from Tazreen.

Dhaka Police chief Habibur Rehman said his men were on the lookout for the Tazreen owner Dilawar Hussain about alleged violations in factory building.

Bangladesh is the world's second-largest exporter of garments with overseas sales touching USD 19 billion last year. (ANI)

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